Sunday, October 25, 2009

Plans to introduce the death penalty for Kidnapping underway in Nigeria

Governor Gabriel Suswam of Benue State, Nigeria plans to introduce the death penalty or life in prison for criminals found guilty of kidnapping in Benue State.

The governor announced this at the Benue State Police Headquarters where three kidnap suspects involved in the alleged abduction of an eight-year-old girl, Stella Adamgbe, were being held.

Governor Gabriel Suswam said government was planning to send a bill to the state House of Assembly to give effect to the new law.

“the trend for people to abduct others just to grab money is strange to our people and we are forced by this development to emulate other states that have introduced stiffer punishments like death penalty or life imprisonment  for offenders in order to arrest the trend,” 

“Security is everybody’s business and responsibility and that is  why we must all team up with the police and the state government to fight this menace,” he said.

The governor also shared his sentiment on how Miss Priscilla, a 22-year-old undergraduate, could plan the abduction of her own niece: “This is a new dimension to the kidnap saga in the country.”


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